Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Simpson

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Roussea


As a new member of any group is taught the proper ways of behaving, he is also taught what the improper ways of acting are, and what the consequences and penalties are for violations of these rules. The concept of group normrefers to these standardized ways of behaving that arecharacteristic of all social groups. The discipline ofsociology deals with both notions of adherence to groupnorms, conformity, and with violations of those norms, deviance.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Michael D. Mendenhall, 1974

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